Our Adventures RV'ing

Our Adventures RV'ing

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Back on the Road and a Detour

April 2016: Lake Powell, AZ

Good News......we excepted an offer on our home in Scottsdale. What a relief, it had been on the market for longer then we hoped and we were anxious to get started on our RV adventures. On our way back to take care of the closing we decided to make some stops along the way at some AZ sites we had never been to: Lake Powell, Monument Valley and Canyon de Chelly. 

We left Salt Lake City at a leisurely pace; we only had to get to Beaver, Utah for an overnight before we headed towards Page, AZ for 6 nights at Lake Powell. We planned a quick stop at the Flying J to take a break and have lunch. We anticipated it would be busy but saw an open spot where other trucks and RVs were parked. We navigated safely between an RV trailer and a truck and ate our lunch. When we were ready to leave Mike went outside to check on things before starting the coach.
The truck to the left had gone and there was now an open space on that side. Mike is outside and I am inside the coach with the dogs when I hear a yell from Mike outside the coach. I rush outside and see several people yelling and coming over when I notice this very large semi stopped behind us in the middle of turning into the space on our left.  I then see the damage, the semi misjudged his turn and hit the left corner/side of our tow(Jeep Cherokee) crunching the rear light and lifting it slightly I was relieved to see that Mike was okay. We both inspected the damages and began the process of getting pictures and all necessary information from the driver about the company and insurance.

The damage

We moved the coach and unhitched the Jeep to inspect the damage closer. It seemed the damages should be cosmetic but Mike drove it around to make sure it would be safe to continue our trip forward to Beaver, UT where we would make the insurance phone calls. The driver reported it to his insurance company and we got an incident # from the driver. There was no damage to the coach, but clearly we would need to deal with  repairs to the Jeep. Our decision was to spend the night planned in Beaver, move on to Page and then look at what we needed to do after we talked with the insurance company. We arrived in Beaver, Utah and settled into the KOA in Beaver.http://koa.com/campgrounds/beaver/ Not a bad place for a one night stay. We had full hook up and the space was long enough that we were able to keep the Jeep attached.  This part of southern Utah can be cold, we were told it would freeze that night and not to keep our water connected.

After a cold night in Beaver we pushed south and arrived in Page, Arizona. We checked in at
Wahweep RV campgrounds. http://www.lakepowell.com/rv-camping/wahweap-rv-campground/ Seemed busy when we arrived, I am glad I reserved a spot here 4 weeks ahead of our arrival. There was a sign on the door saying there were no full hook ups available. We had a large pull through site with a nice view of the lake. We were in the D loop site #44 and was plenty big for our 45 foot coach.  The pull-thru's in this section are the shared site style so you don't have another rig next to you but the door side has lots of room. Motorhomes come and go so we
actually didn't have another coach next to us for 3 out of the 6 nights.

Our Site: D-44

We had several conversations with their insurance company and they will cover everything but they wanted us to get an estimate as soon as possible. There being nothing in Page to get that estimate we decided we should get back to Scottsdale sooner then we planned.  We were able to stay for the full 6 nights in Page but scratched our stops at Monument Valley and Canyon de Chelly. These will have to wait until another trip.

With the 5 days in Page and it being a busy time here I was glad I was able to get a reservation for a hike into Upper Antelope Canyon. This is an amazing place for photos and was good practice for me on using my camera. I think I took at least 70 pictures and only ended up with 6 good ones. I think I still need more practice. It was a challenge taking shots in low light without a tripod.
Entrance to Upper Antelope Canyon

We also did a short hike to a photographic overlook off Highway 89 to Horseshoe Bend.

Our drive from Page to Scottsdale went quick and smooth, we even got some nice rain coming out of Flagstaff. Since our stay in Scottsdale is extended because of the repairs on the Jeep we decided to put the RV into storage and stay at the house until closing.

We got the estimate on the Jeep and the repairs could take 2 weeks. We have a rental so we can still get around and take care of the house stuff but I can't finalize a lot of our trip plans going forward until we have a better time table when the Jeep will be ready.

When we are done here our route will take us back to Utah by way of California and Nevada. We are both in need of some beach time so I am looking at places close to the beach north of Los Angeles towards Santa Cruz and then we go east with stops in Yosemite and Lake Tahoe and be back in Salt Lake by June.

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